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Release, Replan, Refocus

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Release, Replan, Refocus

Have you ever seen a professional play with their strings between points? Next time you are watching a professional tennis match, in between points, watch how they face away from their opponents and "adjust" the strings of their racquet. Maria Sharapova does this after almost every point. In the later matches of a tournament, Nadal will "go to the towel" after EVERY point. Watch it. He does. It's amazing how he doesn't vary from his routine.

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Are there dangerous chemicals in sunscreen? PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Louise Fahys   

SunblocksAll three of my children spend a lot of time in the sun playing tennis or just goofing around. In fact, I have spent more time than I care to track helping them apply sunscreen. Recently on a trip to visit my in laws I noticed the middle plastic console in my mother-in laws car had a spot which looked all wrinkled and damaged. She told me that a small bit of sunscreen had caused the damage. This prompted me to further research the chemicals that are used in sunscreens. Hopefully you will find this information useful.

My initial research has made me limit our use of chemical sunscreens. One of the ingredients which is used in more than 600 brands of sunblock called, oxybenzone, has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage. The CDC released a study that showed 97 percent of Americans had oxybenzone in their blood. This chemical is absorbed through your skin in significant amounts. In fact, just last spring the CDC released a study that showed 97 percent of Americans had oxybenzone in their blood. The properties of this compound may be a contributing factor to the increased melanoma incidence that has been found in sunscreen users.

Finding a sunscreen without oxybenzone can be a challenge. I went to Walgreen's drugstore to find one and was shocked to see that almost all of them contained oxybenzone! There was one zinc oxide based Walgreen's brand that did not. So, make sure to read sunscreen labels and look for ones that use minerals to block the sun's rays, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

While searching the internet I found a few sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone:

Oxybenzone-Free Sunblocks
  • Natural Sun SPF 25 Sunscreen for Active Lifestyles by Aubrey Organics ($8.50/4 oz.): It is a broad spectrum sunscreen and although the label doesn't say it is water- or sweatproof, it is the brand's sunscreen for water activities.

  • Oat Protein Sunscreen SPF 30 by Kiss My Face ($13/4 oz.): Water-resistant and broad spectrum, this sunscreen uses the mineral titanium dioxide to block the sun's rays.

  • SPF 30 Sunscreen by Vanicream ($15/4 oz): This sunscreen is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't block your pores or cause blackheads. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.


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